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Department of Criminal Justice Conference

October 22 & 23, Rondileau Campus Center Large Ballroom, 19 Park Avenue, Bridgewater, MA

Gun violence is a significant problem in the United States.

According to the National Institute of Justice, in 2011 ”˜firearms were used in 68 percent of murders, 41 percent of robbery offenses and 21 percent of aggravated assaults committed nationwide in the United States ( The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports:

  • From 1993 to 2011, about 70% to 80% of firearm homicides and 90% of nonfatal firearm victimizations were committed with a handgun.
  • Males, blacks, and persons ages 18 to 24 had the highest rates of firearm homicide from 1993 to 2010. (

Also, the rarity of mass shootings appears to be diminishing. In 2012 alone, at least eight mass shootings occurred in the U.S. The most deadly happened July 20th in Aurora, Colorado when James Holmes shot and killed 12 people wounding 58 others in a movie theater. All of these factors point to the need for an informed and vigorous discussion on the issues of gun violence and whether any proposed gun controls or other interventions could impact this very serious social problem.

This two-day conference seeks to separate fact from fiction and to provide critical information from recognized experts on this complex issue. The first day centers upon gun violence--its various manifestations and social costs; and the second day of the conference centers on gun control arguments and initiatives.